I have found a new love. Don't worry it's not a person, it is dying fabric. I love dying fabric. You can make any color you want from a basic wonderful textile. And there are so many dying options. I'm not talking about the tie dye of the middle school days, this is a little more sophisticated process. Not too complicated though. This outfit consisted of Rit dye and tea dye.
I made a tutorial on this however I accidentally erased all the pictures for my tutorial. (I hate that.) Anyways here is a little breakdown of what I did to make this skirt. I took some cream jersey fabric that I had on hand and made a basic elastic waist skirt. Then I cut strips of the same fabric to create the ruffles. I began by throwing the strips and skirt into the dye bath (to see how to make a dye bath check out this post). Then I took out 1 strip after about 20 sec. The next strip after 1 minute and then another after another minute and so on. I saved the last strip and the skirt body for the end. This creates the ombre look. Then I gathered the strips, added them to the skirt body, sewed on the waist band, and added the elastic.
Next for the top I took a basic white t-shirt and dyed it in a tea bath. It is basically hot water, tea bags, and some vinegar. Soak the shirt in the tea bath unit you get the desired color. (This might take awhile, the tea is not as strong as the dye). Wash and dry the shirt as you normally would to set the color. Next I added a doilies to the front the shirt using wonder-under. Then I trimmed the doilies in bias tape and sewed it to the shirt around the neckline and the doilies, and then down the center. Finally I added a few buttons to the front just for a sweet touch.